questionswhat antivirus software should i get?

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Windows Defender (on win 8) or Microsoft Security Essentials (prior win versions) are the same thing (I believe) and free with windows. In my somewhat limited experience with antivirus software, these are just as good as any commercial home software. Also Anti-Malware Bytes and AdAware are some other useful free programs.

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I always use Avast antivirus. Be sure to select the free version. 8 years and never had a virus yet.

I do run Spybot SD and C cleaner on a regular basis as well (and I never go to sites I am not familiar with or don't know anything about).

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I use the free Microsoft products on my netbooks but Kaspersky on all my fully powered machines. I've been sold on Kaspersky for many years after it saved my bacon when Norton failed. I understand that Norton is now much improved, but I still like Kaspersky. For most folks, though, Microsoft is more than adequate and will likely put everyone else out of business.

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The Microsoft Security Essentials (or its Win 8 equivalent) should be fine for most people. Supplement that with an occasional scan from Spybot and/or Malwarebytes. All are free.

@benyust2: Ad-Aware used to be really good, but then they released a new version, probably a couple years ago, that was very bloated, so I stopped using it. Is the newest version any better?

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In order of recommendation, these are "free" antivirus products that do very well. Better than MS AV:

Avast,
Avira,
AVG

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FYI --- don't fall for the fake offers. Stick with known and respected products. This article helps explain that scammers can pretend to offer an AV service which is really a trojan. Now these items/exploits are designed to run on all platforms.

http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/06/device-disabling-fake-av-migrates-to-android-phones-demands-ransom/

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@capguncowboy: I'm sorry Capguncowboy but I gotta poke some fun here :3

I never use Virus protection, and as far as I know I don't have any viruses. Just keep doing nothing and you wont get any viruses!

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@cowboydann: like if you never go to the doctor, you don't get cancer?

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You should be fine with Microsoft Security Essentials unless you actively search out bad things.

If you really want to be safe, get the Pro version of Malwarebytes along with Microsoft Security Essentials. Just make sure you set the exclusions properly: http://forums.malwarebytes.org/index.php?showtopic=10138#entry181018 . The steps should apply to all users, but in particular XP.

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MSE and also stop watching so much porn.

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I do go to plenty of... questionable sites and my pc is absolutely fine (and because I wrote that, I am so getting a virus now). I run Avast free, cc cleaner, malware bytes, spybot, and even the adorable little windows defender. Though, frankly, I feel like adblock plus does most of the work in the first place. And, you know, not clicking on iffy stuff.

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I've been using a mix of AVG and Avast (different machines) for years without any infections. All of the computers in my house use one of the two, as is true of the machines I've built for my parents and for others. Of the two, I prefer AVG, because Avast now pops up little ads on a regular basis, which I find annoying.

Both integrate with Firebird (and presumably other clients), to provide e-mail checking as well.

Both work well with XP, Vista, and 7. Don't have any Win8 machines to test them on.

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I have spent a lot of time over the past several years dealing with virus-related issues on dozens of PCs. It seems to me that, unless (as some have pointed out) you actively seek out bad stuff (or, equivalently, play "free" games and/or watch "free" porn) the free Microsoft solutions (Security Essentials, or Windows Defender, depending on your version of Windows) work well.

If you "beg for trouble" as mentioned above, you should use an industrial-strength product: NOD32 or Kapersky. Both are a similar price to the junk you're using now. (Good luck getting them to stop charging your credit card if you ever gave them a CC number, by the way.)

On the other hand, be advised that "malware" is a much bigger category, these days, than viruses. Since Malware removal is an inexact science, you really need to have more than one, no matter which one that is. The one I usually add (and recommend) is MalwareBytes. (Ad-Aware is so bloated I find it more aggravating than helpful.)

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Another upvote for MSE, with a side order of Spybot and/or Malwarebytes.
You're going to be amazed at how much LESS intrusive and resource-hungry this is versus McAfee or Norton.

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I don't know but you should watch how to un-install McAfee on youtube right this second. I use AVG on my PC...

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@triplebud: damn, i came here to suggest exactly that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKgf5PaBzyg

relatively solid advice for your uninstallation procedure.

also, NSFW.

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Well, I'm a computer programmer and for what that's worth I use Avast!. Most of my co-workers use either Avast, AVG, or MSE. All are free, low on resource use, and very effective. Like others have said, I'd also recommend using one of these in conjunction with something like Spybot S&D.

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I've been a customer of Panda Antivirus for years. It's a bit pricey, but I've never had a single problem.

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I also have . I run Avast free, CC Cleaner, Malwarebytes, on all machines. I used to put SUPERAntiSpyware on them too, and should start doing it again. The really bad malware knows Malwarebyes and will not let you launch it. SUPERAntiSpyware would clean it enough for Malwarebytes to run, finishing the job.
SUPERAntiSpyware the reason I stopped SUPERAntiSpyware is the thing starts with windows but does not do live protection.

I work on other people PCs as a hobby. I give them the software above with how to videos from youtube on how to use the products, to keep them running longer without my help.

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15+ years PC tech.... Avira is the best all around and Avast works well too although detection rating is not quite as good as it fluctuates.
Stay AWAY from Malwarebytes and AVG, they lock down primary Windows system files (Vista, Win7 and 8) and one virus detection means you can never unlock those files screwing up Windows Update and Windows itself.
MSE is a sad hack of an anti-virus...